Why Didn’t I Get That Job? by Noor Alaweyat

So you just graduated university and you got a job interview which you think can be the beginning of a whole new career! This excites you very much so you start to get ready right at the start of the morning on the day of. You open your closet and select the perfect professional outfit specifically in a polished black pant suit with a white color shirt demonstrating no cleavage whatsoever of course. You’re wearing the appropriate amount of makeup- not too much or too little and no flashy colors whatsoever and you leave your apartment with the most optimism possible as you reach the location of the interview. You’re called into your interview with the general manager, the last guy who has the ability to seal your fate. You enter the room with a smile, extend your hand to shake his, and the interview starts and ends smoothly. You tackled all of your strengths steering away from your real weaknesses when you are asked about them. So you leave the room after extending your hand one more time and proclaiming it was, “really nice to meet you and I hope to hear from you again.”

You wait day after day, week after week to hear back from the company but you don’t receive anything. Not an email, not a phone call. Nothing. You come to a realization that you’re not gonna get the job. You start to think to yourself, “what did I do wrong? Did I really not get it?”

Research indicates that sometimes too much education can derail your career prospects. In fact, this is because of several things such as being over qualified for the position which may sometimes seem like you’re a threat to your boss. In fact, according to research done by those at workpolis, they suggest that  “many employers can be reluctant to hire overqualified candidates for the jobs that are available, because they fear the candidate will get bored with the job and move on as soon as they can land another gig. This can lead to longer than average periods of unemployment.”

Research from workpolis also suggests something that none of us realized while growing up but it’s happening very much so in today’s society. We never realized we’d get to a point where being over educated or overqualified may be a negative factor. This happens because as sbn suggests, some managers tend to move away from people who they think will outshine them on the job. In fact, according to Forbes magazine, “While overqualified applicants bring obvious advantages, such as rich experience, leadership potential or a reduced learning curve, many businesses are wary of hiring them for fear they might be difficult to manage or jump ship as soon as a more attractive job offer comes along.”

This paradox confuses me. We live in a time where education is a key priority to help move humanity forward. In the US, a lack of education is considered the root cause for the school to prison pipeline, homelessness and in many instances gun violence. To that effect, education is the means to an end to reach your full potential and contribute to society instead of depending on it. The job market is a different story, I’m sure we have all seen the movie “In the pursuit of Happiness,” where Will Smith works his way up the corporate ladder from being virtually homeless with no education or references to finally owning that red Ferrari at the end. With all the experiences I’ve been through and with the treasure trove of research as stated above, I’m starting to believe that the only way to get the job of my dreams is to start from the bottom and make my way up. Never mind the expensive education and all the time I put in to it, the only way up in today’s world in the job I want and deserve is to start from the bottom of the pile with a focus and sheer determination to reach the top. So my dear @KhaleejiGirl, that’s the only way to do it.

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